I’m sure you’re like “Punk’d? How current. What’s next, a BREAKING story from the set of Pimp My Ride?“, but honestly, this story is worth traveling back in time to 2003. Dust off your Von Dutch trucker hat and grab a Pepsi Twist (remember that shit? It was like drinking cola-flavored Pledge), it’s time to talk about that time Justin Timberlake threatened to fight Dax Shepard during the filming of Punk’d!
During an interview with WTF with Marc Maron (via Uproxx), Kristen Bell’s husband admitted that he used to be a bit of a rage case and get into fights a lot. Ashton Kutcher knew this when he hired him for MTV’s Punk’d, and he warned him that no matter how messy shit might get with a celebrity during a prank (like if the person being pranked can’t take a joke and turns Punk’d into Punch’d), he wasn’t allowed to fight back. Ashton doesn’t have that kind of insurance, brah! Dax says it was never really a problem, since most people laughed it off when they found out it was all a joke. Except for one very butthurt boybander named Justin Timberlake, who wanted to whoop a trick, NSYNC-style.
Dax played a government agent who convinced JT that he owed $900,000 in back taxes and they were there to repossess his house and all his shit (which, if you recall, made him cry). According to Dax, when JT found out it was all a joke, he wiped away his tears and tried to act like a straight thug:
“At the end of that bit, when Ashton comes out [and says], ‘You’re on Punk’d’ blah blah blah, and everyone is celebrating … the bit is over, the cameras are off, and [Timberlake] keeps saying, ‘Yeah, man. I was about to fucking punch you. And I was like, “Hmm mmm, alright.’
‘Dude, I was for real man, I was about to fucking punch you out.’
And I’m like, OK, that’s number two. I’m thinking how many times can I hear this dude in his golf outfit — he was wearing a golf outfit — tell me he can punch me out before I’m just not going to be able to handle it? And God Bless Ashton. He goes, ‘When were you going to punch him? Before or after you were crying?’”
IN HIS GOLF OUTFIT! I know he wasn’t wearing one, but I just pictured him untying a cardigan casually knotted around his shoulders and saying to the person next to him: “Hold this for me; I need to teach this rude gentleman a lesson!”
I know Dax is acting like JT would be the easiest fight of his life, but he clearly doesn’t know JT! Justin Timberlake used to do pageants, which means he is well-trained in the art of dirty fighting! A pageant bitch knows the most painful spot to yank a fist-full of hair and where to slap to really make you feel it. And they’ll do it all while spinning a glitter baton and singing “America The Beautiful”. A hard-core pageant bitch won’t just kick your ass – they’ll put on a show too!